Remember women of Australia how Abbott’s reward to you as Minister for Women was to give you a $550 bonus reduction in your electricity prices so you could buy a top of the line iron to smooth your husband’s shirts! Well I hope you all remain climate sceptics and have not added to your household either air conditioning or solar panels. As you all “know” the earth is cooling not heating up so you might need that air-conditioner and neither you need that set of solar panels on your roof. Because with the cost of electricity plummeting and the earth cooling such things will be unnecessary in the Australian household. In order to encourage this behaviour the electricity authorities have come up with a way to reward those of you who believed prices would plummet and climate would get cooler. <sarcastic sigh> Now while Murdoch’s papers, are notorious for getting things slightly out of kilter, it would seem there is a new agenda for electricity pricing that you believers of climate change and disbelievers in the Minister for Women’s generosity may find yourself at odds with. Oddly this article from Murdock press is actually supported by the AEMC government document I’ve attached herein.
Before you drop into the belief that any of the discussion in the AEMC paper is fair, you need to engage a little thinking & reading between the lines! Think financial capacity in a heating climate ….
“The goal would be to curb usage on the hottest days.” …. Umm who are the most economically vulnerable and physically vulnerable to death by heat stroke during these “hottest days?” during which “we” are encouraged to curb usage??? Notice how the article says…
“The AEMC’s Mr Smith said: “This is about consumers taking … more of an ownership for their outcomes.”
Corporate avoidance speak for “we are not here to provide a service equitably for the community“. We are not the guilty party we are transferring guilt for our decision to the consumer. The monkey is on your back now. You (not us) are the party guilty for the result and we are absolved of all responsibility for our decision! How is their approach equitable? If you have a problem with your definition of “equity” have a look at the image alongside here.